Two new films open

We are screening 6 first-run feature films this weekend in our new virtual cinema. Keep an eye on us — don’t let us turn into a virtual multiplex. This is the final week for ONCE WERE BROTHERS and THE WHISTLERS. CORPUS CHRISTI and THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES are both on our calendar for another week. And then there are two new films . . .

The Wild Goose Lake

A gangster on the run — and seeking redemption — meets a woman who’ll risk everything to gain her own freedom, in this noir crime thriller set in the nooks and crannies of densely populated Wuhan in Central China. READ MORE


Every ten years, new county lines are drawn across the USA that determine the fate of the country for the next decade. The rousing Slay the Dragon convincingly makes the argument that this practice has been used for partisan, and possibly illegal, gains since nearly its inception. “The most important political film of the year, and it may prove to be one of the key political films of the decade.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety READ MORE

50% of the ticket proceeds will eventually make their way back to us. Thanks, as always, for supporting independent film and local cinemas.

Stay safe and be smart.

Four Films this Weekend

We are screening four feature films this weekend: Once Were Brothers, The WhistlersCorpus Christi and The Woman Who Loves Giraffes. You can watch each of these at any time on our site in our new virtual screening room.

For those of you who may have missed our earlier updates, here’s a heads-up: these films are priced at $12. At first glance, this might seem more expensive than a typical Ryder movie. Virtual screening ticket prices are set by the distributor and are the same for every “art house” theater or film program in the country. That said, some of you – perhaps most of you – will be watching the film with at least one other person. Tickets should still average pretty close to $6 per person. Although prices are set nationally, your local independent theater (in this case, us) will receive 50% of the ticket sales which will help us stay afloat until we can once again show films in person.

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes and more…

We have just made arrangements to reschedule The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, which had been dropped from our calendar due to the global pandemic. The Woman Who Loved Giraffes and Corpus Christi will both open on Friday. We’ll have more on these films later this week. You can still see The Whistlers and/or Once Were Brothers this week in our new virtual screening room.

When you purchase a ticket to watch a Ryder film you will receive a confirmation in your inbox. Hold on to that email. If you’d like to order dinner while you watch your film, our friends at Bucceto’s will offer Ryder filmgoers a 20% discount. Be sure to let them know when you call in your order that you’ll be using your Ryder discount and show them your ticket confirmation when you pick up dinner. (East Side Restaurant 812 331-1234; West Side Restaurant 812 323-0123) The discount is valid one time only within five days from the date you purchase your ticket.

Becky Wann, who is a long-time supporter of the film series, is working with the Bloomington Quilters Guild and other local volunteers making face masks. To date they have made 1400 masks and delivered 985. Here is a link to their site.

The Ryder – Going Forward

​Since the Ryder Film Series began in 1979, we’ve rarely gone more than a week without bringing at least one new film to Bloomington. Now, realistically, the earliest we will begin in theater-programming again will be ​​in mid- May.

We plan to continue to publish The Ryder magazine.

With most of our distribution locations closed, however, the magazine will be published electronically. In the meantime, here’s what you can do to help sustain us:

We are offering virtual Ryder gift cards

These can be redeemed at Bear’s Place and at our campus screenings. There is no expiration date.

You can order a gift card for $25, $50, or $100. Actually, any amount will work – $37.25 would be fine. Although it would be harder for us to do the math. What math, you ask? We’re offering the gift cards right now at a 20% discount. So if you were to purchase a $50 card you would save $10. If you were to purchase a card for $37.25 you would save . . . well, see, now we’re not so sure. When in doubt, stick to round numbers.

Of course, we also gratefully accept donations.

With a donation, you can designate a community organization of your choice and we will share the donation with them in the form of recognition on our website, in our magazine, and prior to Ryder films, in the theater, on the movie screen.

For those of you who have purchased semester passes, we will offer pro-rated refunds or credit toward a new pass. We are talking to film distributors about creative ways to continue celebrating cinema as a communal experience… albeit apart from one another. We should know more about this in a few days.

Stay safe. Be smart. Keep your chins up.

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